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Weird Al Yankovic performs Lame Claim to Fame on Craig Ferguson watch
Oct 18, 2014 10:56am | Cosequence Of Sound

Craig Ferguson doesn’t invite nearly as many musical guests to The Late Late Show as his fellow late-night hosts. So, when he actually does, it’s usually something special or an artist truly close to the Scotsman’s heart. Case in point: Friday night’s episode featured an appearance from one “Weird Al” Yankovic.

The pair seemed especially buddy-buddy as they sat down for a pre-performance chat, whipping compliments back-and-forth and discussing, among other things, the power of vinyl and Al’s Putin-esque pose on the cover of Mandatory Fun. From there, Yankovic and his band hit the stage for an extra bluesy rendition of album standout “Lame Claim to Fame”. It’s hard to decide what was more entertaining, though: Ferguson’s introductory gang signs that spelled out “Weird Al” or Yankovic’s creepy, creepy cowbell solo. See, told you it’d be special.

(Read: “Weird Al” Yankovic – The Fun Is Mandatory)

Watch the interview here. The performance is streaming below.




Watch Foo Fighters Perform Something From Nothing And Make Their Own Top Ten List On Letterman
Oct 18, 2014 10:42am | StereoGum

The Foo Fighters finished their week-long residency on Letterman last night by playing their new single “Something From Nothing.” The performance coincided with the premiere of their HBO series Sonic Highways. The band also took over Letterman’s Top Ten list to count down the “Top Ten Things Foo Fighters Would Like To Say After Spending A Week At The Late Show.” Watch the performance and the list below.

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Moneys no object: watch the surreal video for Shabazz Palaces Motion Sickness ahead of their European tour
Oct 18, 2014 10:38am | Fact Magazine

Seattle duo weave a tale of deception in new video.

Earlier this year Shabazz Palaces released their second album for the Sub Pop label, Lese Majesty. In our review of the record, Maya Kalev called it thus: “if Black Up established their status as hip-hop outliers, then Lese Majesty solidifies their place in the pantheon of raps oddball geniuses.”

Equally oddball have been the videos for Lese Majesty and the latest, for album track ‘Motion Sickness’, continues that trend with a surreal tale of drugs, undercover agents and dreaming girls. You can watch the video exclusively below.

Shabazz Palaces are hitting the road today for an extensive European tour that runs until mid-November and takes in Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, the UK, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Germany. You can see full dates and locations beneath the video.

For more be sure to read our recent interview with Shabazz Palaces about how they continue to tear up the rule book.

Shabazz Palace 2014 Autumn European tour:
SAT, Oct 18 Twisted Pepper, Dublin , Ireland
MON, Oct 20 MC Theater, Amsterdam, Netherlands
TUE, Oct 21 Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
WED, Oct 22 Club 106, Rouen, France
THU, Oct 23 Batofar, Paris, France
FRI, Oct 24 Marche Gare, Lyon, France
SAT, Oc...


Pearl Jam debut new song Moline and perform No Code in full watch
Oct 18, 2014 10:15am | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo by David Brendan Hall

Fans at last night’s Pearl Jam show in Moline, Illinois were treated to a pair of big surprises, as Alternative Nation points out.

The band began their set with an unannounced full performance of their fourth studio album, No Code. According to Eddie Vedder, it marked only the second time in the band’s career that they played an entire album in concert.

Equally exciting was the debut of a brand new song called “Moline” to kick off Pearl Jam’s first encore of the evening. Vedder reportedly wrote the song 10 minutes before the show and said it related to the band’s classic single, “Better Man”.

Watch fan-shot footage from the concert below. The full 36-song, two-encore setlist follows.

“Moline”:

“Hail, Hail”:

“Smile”:

“Present Tense”:

Setlist:
Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town

Full performance of No Code
Sometimes
Hail Hail
Who You Are
In My Tree
Smile
Off He Goes
Habit
Red Mosquito
Lukin
Present Tense
Mankind (Tour debut)
I’m Open (Tour debut)
Around the Bend

Given to Fly
Interstellar Overdrive (Pink Floyd cover)
Corduroy
Mind Your Manners


The Weeks Best Vinyl Releases
Oct 18, 2014 6:42am | Fact Magazine

Few people are onto great records as quickly as a great record store.

After years spent discovering gems in Phonicas end of year lists, it made sense to give them a regular space on FACT. Every Saturday, staff from the Soho institution will pick out the five vinyl records you should grab this week.



GLITTERBEAT
Dubs And Versions LP
(Glitterbeat)

Barely a year after launching the Glitterbeat label, Chris Eckman and Peter Weber have pieced together this ace compilation of dubs and remixes, tapping post-punk rebel Mark Stewart, dubmaster Dennis Bovell, Basic Channel’s Mark Ernestus and Shangaan electro progenitor Nozinja to rework their stable of mostly Malian releases. Truly unique.

Audio / Buy here



SEBASTIAN MULLAERT & EITAN REITER
Reflections Of Nothingness 2xLP
(Mule Music)

A deeply absorbing listen from the combined brainpower of Minilogue’s Sebastian Mullaert and Israeli cross-genre producer Eitan Reiter, flitting from tactile analogue techno (the LP was largely made on a TB303, TR808, SH101 and Juno 60) to billowing ambient interludes and back again with meditative ease.

Audio / Buy here



VARIOUS ARTISTS
Spirit Of Malombo – Malombo Jazz Makers, Jabu...


Watch Rick Rubin return to the dorm room where Def Jam started
Oct 18, 2014 6:36am | Fact Magazine

With Def Jam turning 30, Rick Rubin revisits where it all started.

Back in 1984, a daring young kid living in New York City decided that the hip hop he was hearing on the radio and records wasn’t up to par with what he’d experienced in the clubs of the city. And so Def Jam Recordings was born, a label that would go on to shape hip hop’s rise as the last defining musical genre of the 20th century.

Much has been written and said on the history of Def Jam, the label founded by Rubin and his on/off partner Russel Simmons, notably in The Big Payback, a 2011 book that details the history of the business of hip hop. With the label turning 30 this year, those who started it all are once more taking a look back.

Rolling Stone has released a short documentary, titled Rick Was Here, that follows Rubin’s return to his dorm room at New York University, room 712 at Weinstein Hall. It was in the dorm room that Def Jam started and where it spent its first years.

With help from Simmons, Def Jam president Lyor Cohen, his ex-roommate and rappers LL Cool J and The Beastie Boys’ Adam Horowitz, Rubin recalls the early years of the label from learning how to produce a record to trying to capture the energy of the music on wax for the first time.


Rick was here: Watch Rick Rubin return to the dorm room where Def Jam started
Oct 18, 2014 6:36am | Fact Magazine

With Def Jam turning 30, Rick Rubin revisits where it all started.

Back in 1984, a daring young kid living in New York City decided that the hip hop he was hearing on the radio and records wasn’t up to par with what he’d experienced in the clubs of the city. And so Def Jam Recordings was born, a label that would go on to shape hip hop’s rise as the last defining musical genre of the 20th century.

Much has been written and said on the history of Def Jam, the label founded by Rubin and his on/off partner Russel Simmons, notably in The Big Payback, a 2011 book that details the history of the business of hip hop. With the label turning 30 this year, those who started it all are once more taking a look back.

Rolling Stone has released a short documentary, titled Rick Was Here, that follows Rubin’s return to his dorm room at New York University, room 712 at Weinstein Hall. It was in the dorm room that Def Jam started and where it spent its first years.

With help from Simmons, Def Jam president Lyor Cohen, his ex-roommate and rappers LL Cool J and The Beastie Boys’ Adam Horowitz, Rubin recalls the early years of the label from learning how to produce a record to trying to capture the energy of the music on wax for the first time.


Laura Veirs + Miri at Bush Hall in London
Oct 18, 2014 6:17am | The Line Of Best Fit
The Portland-based singer-songwriter plays an intimate show in West London, with support from indie-pop singer Miri. Steve Asenjo shoots.

Listen To The Five Best Songs This Week
Oct 18, 2014 6:00am | The Line Of Best Fit
Shura, Cash+David and Honne feature in our hand-picked selection of the week's best new music.

Authenticity, Keyboard Warriors and How Jungle's Mask Slipped
Oct 18, 2014 5:23am | Drowned In Sound

Ahead of this year's Mercury prize, DiS in partnership with Naim Audio's new wireless music system, mu-so, will help you GoDeeper into 2014's nominated albums. Today, we would like to turn your attention to the once-mysterious dance-loving duo Jungle. We asked Sam Moore, who reviewed their debut album back in July to explore the band's somewhat bumpy journey to the top since then.

Visit our Mercury mini-site for more coverage of all of this year's nominees.


Any remaining vestige of Jungles once-impervious mystique was essentially obliterated earlier this month when, prior to interviewing the duo on VH1s Big Morning Buzz Live, Nick Lachey thats him from Nick-and-Jessica Simpson fame, folks wheeled off this introduction: This London collective was once called the UKs most mysterious act, he announced, his eyes as dead as Bambis mother. But now there is no hiding for these guys. With their popularity rising, their 1970s-style music is making everyone wanna get up and dance. As a bandmate smirked at this prosaic description, the camera panned out to reveal the two men behind Jungle, Josh Lloyd-Watson (known as J) and Tom McFarland (T), standing awkwardly next to Lachey.

Speaking of mystery, asked Lacheys banal, nameless co-host, Is this the real T and J?
An uncomfortable T raised his eyebrows, before hesitantly confirming: It is.
And with that, the Jungle mask had well and truly slipped.

This rather embarrassing ...


Portugal's Semibreve Festival 2014: The DiS Review
Oct 18, 2014 4:59am | Drowned In Sound

Thirteen artists, some pioneers in their field, all critically lauded. Its a bold move to hang the appeal of an international festival on such a narrow stratum of music but Portugals Semibreve, now in its fourth year, shows no sign of compromise.

If anything, the organisers have doubled down in their quest to give a platform to some of the most inventive, daring acts currently at work; theres no equivalent to Forest Swords or The Haxan Cloak, two artists who gave 2013s programme a more mainstream gloss. In fact, the most recognisable 'name' turns out to be the biggest disappointment, as were greeted on arrival with the news that due to illness, Karen Gwyer has pulled out, leaving a gaping hole in the opening nights schedule that both the organisers and the other performers struggle to fill.

Its a sad start to the event, not least because Semibreve is exactly the type of small, wonderfully curated boutique festival thats the perfect antidote to the heavily branded, corporate money pits many gatherings have become (or use as a template), nothing more than #LadzBantz piss ups in anonymous fields. For a start, theres the venue itself, the grand old Theatro Circo. Decked out in opulent red velvet, the ornate balustrades and glittering chandeliers demand a hushed reverence and sombre respect for the art on show. Then theres the prices; a three-day pass is yours for just 25, an ice cold Super Bock a mere 1.20. Add in the ridiculously good value of t...


What's going on Saturday? (Sam Amidon, Fat White Family, Xiu Xiu, Frankie Cosmos, Pond, Ben Frost, Vallenfyre, more)
Oct 17, 2014 11:09pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Sam Amidon at SXSW 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Sam Amidon, Bill Frisell, Shahzad Ismaily, Cy Dune @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Sam Amidon just released Lily-O, an album of reimagined folk songs featuring jazz legend and Bill Frisell on guitar, as well as frequent collaborators Shahzad Ismaily (he and Sam are both in Doveman's band). Those three will be playing together tonight as well.

Fat White Family, Jeffrey Lewis @ Bowery Ballroom
The wild, debauched world of Fat White Family returns to NYC after leaving their stink all over the place back in March. The band's new single, "I Am Mark E. Smith" lays influences pretty clear and is good in its own right (stream it below).

Xiu Xiu, Yvette @ Glasslands
Jamie Stewart's experimental, confrontational music as Xiu Xiu maybe be too much for some people, but it is never boring. Catch him tonight with very intense locals, Yvette.

Frankie Cosmos, Porches, Nobody and the Somebodies, Eskimeaux @ Baby's All Right
It's the second night of related bands Frankie Cosmos and Porches' two-night run at Baby's and this time Frankie headlines. Like last night, it's another all-in-the-family show, this time with Eskimeaux (aka Gabby Smith of Frankie Cosmos' band).

Pond, Doctopus, Fascinator @ Rough Trade
They may s...


Foo Fighters live stream intimate concert at Chicagos Cubby Bear watch
Oct 17, 2014 7:50pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Tonight marks the premiere of Foo Fighters new HBO show, Sonic Highways. Chronicling the band’s recording sessions for their new album of the same name, each episode is set is in a different US city and features a handful of unique guest musicians. In celebration, immediately following the premiere, Foo Fighters are scheduled to take the stage at Chicago’s intimate venue The Cubby Bear for a special concert that will be live-streamed via HBO’s Facebook page.

Among the songs that will undoubtedly appear on the band’s setlist is “Something From Nothing”, the intense lead single off Sonic Highways which was released yesterday. Stream Foo Fighters’ Cubby Bear show here.

Sonic Highways the album is due out on November 10th via Roswell Records.

For those who will miss out on the concert event, HBO says it will be made available on its various platforms at a later date.



Pearl Jam pays tribute to Isaiah Ikey Owens with performance of Light Years watch
Oct 17, 2014 7:39pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Though best known as the keyboardist of Jack Whites touring band and longtime member of The Mars Volta, Isaiah Ikey Owens collaborated with a countless number of musicians and bands over his career. So when Owens unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack while on tour with White in Mexico this week, tributes poured in, and a lot of them. During their show in Detroit on Thursday night, Pearl Jam honored Owens with a performance of “Light Years”.

Prior to the tribute, Eddie Vedder described Jack White White as “a friend of the whole group, a great player, a great writer and visionary.” He continued, “We send our heart out to [White] and his band … The only thing we can do is try to take energy here [at the concert] so we can remember [Owens] fondly.”

Watch fan-shot footage of the performance below.



Sleater-Kinney reforming? New vinyl box set contains surprise 7" with "1/20/2015" written on it (listen to a snippet)
Oct 17, 2014 7:31pm | Brooklyn Vegan

7" that comes with new Sleater-Kinney box set (via @chadparks)

Ever since Wild Flag "ran its course," rumors/whispers of a Sleater-Kinney have been rampant. They just got louder. On Tuesday (10/21), a seven-LP Sleater Kinney box set, titled Start Together, is coming out via Sub Pop. Pre-orders shipped and started to arrive, and contained a mysterious bonus 7" with a plain white label only reading "1/20/15," as first pointed out by Twitter user Chad Parks. (January 20, 2015 is indeed a Tuesday aka typical release day for albums.) The song is reportedly called "Bury Our Friends," and you can listen to a snippet that another early box set receiver, Kevin Zidek, uploaded to YouTube (listen below).

Wondering Sound, meanwhile, wondered about it and put the song into Shazam which brought up an album cover-like image with the title No Cities Left To Love:

Is a new album on the way? Listen to that 10-second clip while you speculate, below...

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